News broke on Tuesday evening that Kentucky freshman Alex Poythress has made the decision to return to Lexington for his sophomore season.
At this point, only one Wildcat has declared for the 2013 NBA Draft, although a second is presumably one his way out too. Archie Goodwin made the decision to pursue his dream of the NBA and it’s being assumed that Nerlens Noel will follow, although there is no rush for him to make a decision. Noel is still recovering from a torn ACL, but reports have indicated that he is ahead of schedule on his rehab.
Overall however, the return of both Poythress and fellow freshman Willie Cauley-Stein, are huge boosts for a Kentucky squad that will undoubtedly be loaded in 2013-14. Junior-to-be Kyle Wiltjer is also returning for the Wildcats next season, as head coach John Calipari faces the real possibility of this being his best team ever. Yes, that includes the 2012 Wildcats who took home the national championship.
Either way, the return of Poythress gives Calipari depth, even though the rotations and playing time for all this talent will be tight. The key to all this potential however, is an incoming freshman recruiting class that could very well be the best of all-time.
On the season, Poythress averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds. Despite being only a freshman however, Poythress clearly looks like the type of player that could benefit from another year or two in school. Even if his minutes and production goes down as a sophomore, there shouldn’t be any doubt that he could re-emerge as a potential lottery pick down the line.
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